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Hip Hop History

Dapper Dan of Harlem

The Evolution of Hip-Hop Fashion: Origins to Now 

A complete history of hip-hop fashion
Everyone knows hip-hop fashion when they see it, but it is becoming increasingly more difficult to define. One can point to a specific rapper or era, but it never captures the entire picture.

As hip-hop has moved into the mainstream, the lines are blurred between what is and is not considered hip-hop. Yet there is an underlying idea that explains the progression and evolution of hip-hop style:
It’s all about attitude.

By Caroling Shackelford
February 25, 2022

The Remix: Hip Hop by Fashion

The story of how hip hop changed fashion, leading to the stratospheric and global rise of street wear. It is a journey of African American creativity and the limitless possibilities of a cultural movement on a global scale.

Slick Rick has long donned marks of royalty, as seen in this 1988 photo. (Janette Beckman)